Fatal Stockton Bicycle Accident Occurs on Interstate

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May 15, 2024
Edward Smith

Interstate 5 Location of Fatal Stockton Bicycle Accident

A fatal Stockton bicycle accident was reported on May 14 after the rider was struck by a vehicle. The accident occurred along Interstate 5 southbound close to the Hammer Lane off-ramp around 3:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report. The CHP traffic accident detective unit is investigating what caused the collision. 

Cyclist Risk of a Fatal Stockton Bicycle Accident

The vulnerability of cyclists in accidents with motor vehicles is significantly heightened due to their exposed nature on the road. Motorists often prioritize the lookout for other vehicles, inadvertently overlooking the presence of cyclists and pedestrians. Among the frequent contributors to deadly bicycle incidents are:

  • Failure to observe safe passing distance: California law mandates a minimum three-foot clearance between vehicles and bicycles, a critical measure for collision prevention.
  • Reckless or inattentive driving: Drivers engaging in excessive speed or not fully focusing on road conditions are likely to miss noticing a cyclist until it becomes impossible to avert a collision.
  • Faulty right-hand turns: It’s common for drivers to encroach into bike lanes during right turns at intersections, a dangerous move if not preceded by checking for cyclists within those lanes.
  • Door-opening accidents: A fatal Stockton bicycle accident can occur when a car’s door is opened without ensuring the coast is clear, catapulting the cyclist out of their path and potentially into the path of oncoming traffic.
  • Driving distracted: A significant number of incidents are attributed to distractions such as talking, texting, or any activity diverting a driver’s attention from the road, leading to critical bicycle crashes.

Legal Assistance for Accident Claims

Securing the services of a legal professional is vital after a fatal Stockton bicycle accident if you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a negligent accident. An attorney will examine your case details and spearhead the investigation, aiding in the pursuit of a wrongful death claim. Our firm offers complimentary case analyses to explore your possible courses of action and address any inquiries you may have.

Initiating a wrongful death claim allows the deceased’s family to recover expenses related to the death, such as the following:

  • Projected lifetime earnings are recoverable, including pension and insurance benefits, tips and bonuses.
  • Companionship, consortium, and affection losses for the surviving spouse are recoverable.
  • The loss of nurturing, affection, and moral support can be compensated for by the family’s children.
  • Loss of household assistance is recoverable, which includes areas where the decedent performed regular chores. 
  • Recovery of the cost of the funeral and burial or cremation expenses is allowed.

This process not only holds the accountable party accountable but also aims to provide financial stability and a sense of justice to the bereaved family.

In the video below, attorney Ed Smith outlines the steps involved in filing a wrongful death lawsuit:

 

Stockton Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton wrongful death attorney. Bicycle accident fatalities often occur due to motorists’ negligence, and the families of the victims may pursue wrongful death claims to seek compensation. For free, friendly advice in a consultation with one of our accident lawyers, please call us at (209) 227-1931 or toll-free at (800) 404-5400. Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form.

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Photo attribution: Image by Katie Phillips from Pixabay

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